Fractal Design Torrent Overview
Taking a first look at the Torrent it is a pretty large case, while technically a mid-tower it is one of the largest out there. It has official dimensions of • 544 x 242 x 530 mm and weighs in at just under 24 pounds. We received the White version of the case, which is all white and includes a clear side panel. The case is also available in black and grey versions with different side panel options. There is also a black RGB version that swaps out the fans for RGB fans.
Starting at the front of the Torrent we have one of the defining elements of the case, the front bezel. The front grill with its Y-shaped vent design really stands out and actually reminds me of old server cases. The design also makes it quite easy for air to come into the case. The vent fins are silver which add a nice contrast to the white color of the case. Towards the bottom left there is a Fractal Design logo. The fins and front bezel of the case are plastic.
Pulling down from the top of the front bezel it will easily pop off. Once removed we can see the two pre-installed Fractal Design Dynamic GP-18 PWM fans. These fans feature a optimized fan geometry for balanced airflow and static pressure and also have notched blade edges to eliminate fan hum. The front of the case will also support three 120 / 140 mm fans or radiators up to 420 mm using the included fan brackets. On the inside of the front bezel you’ll find a removeable filter. There is also a filter that pulls out from the front of the case, although you do have to remove the front bezel to access it. The filters use a nylon mesh which offers 2x the airflow of plastic filters.
Moving up to the top of the case we find our control panel which includes a large power button, HD audio jacks, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.2 gen 1 Type-C port, and a small reset button. The rest of the top of the case is plain white with no ventilation. Like the front bezel of the case the top is also made of plastic.
By removing two screws on the rear of the case you can easily remove this top section of the case. Once removed it reveals something very interesting, a top-mounted power mount! We have not seen one of these in a very long time! Having a top-mounted power supply allows for the entire base of the case to be used for an air intake. We can also see built-in water-cooling fill ports on the top section of the case.
Moving to the side of the case we have a large tempered glass side panel, which basically shows off the entire inside of the case. On the white version of the case this panel is clear, but there is a black version that does come with a darker side panel. There is a tool-less top-latching mechanism which allows easy removal of the panel with a single hand.
The opposite side panel is all white, but has the same removal mechanism. Also looking at the case from the side we can see that it sits on four feet, which lift it off the ground for proper airflow through the bottom of the case. Under the case you will also find two recessed channels where you can add RGB strips.
The rear of the case is a very basic design with of course the power supply mount at the top and then the motherboard mount below. The rest of the rear of the case is ventilated and there is room for an optional 120 / 140 mm cooling fan. Also to note there are four velcro straps along the rear exterior for managing the your power cable and other cables going into your motherboard.